U.S. Hunts For Bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri

Saudi believed behind UPS and FedEx bombs sent from Yemen.

ByABC News
October 31, 2010, 3:53 PM

Nov. 1, 2010 — -- The full force of the U.S. is now targeted on Ibrahim al-Asiri, the young Saudi bombmaker believed to be behind the two bombs found Friday in UPS and FedEx packages bound from Yemen to Chicago.

Asiri, 28, also said to have been behind last year's attempted Christmas bombing of Northwest flight 253, continues to outmatch billions of dollars in airport security equipment and presents a clear and present danger.

"We need to find him," said John Brennan, President Obama's top antiterrorism advisor.

American officials now concede that Asiri's two latest bombs would have made it onto flights to the U.S. but for the Saudi intelligence service providing the parcel tracking numbers.

Said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, "We were able to identify by where they were emanating from and package number, where they were located."

The bombs were cleverly disguised inside Hewlett-Packard printers being shipped along with clothes, books and a tourist souvenir.

Asiri packed the toner cartridge with explosives and added the circuit board of a cell phone--something that did not stand out in state of the art cargo screening.

"We're dealing with an ever changing, ever-evolving threat," said Napolitano.

While the packages were addressed to two synagogues in Chicago, US officials now agree with an initial British estimate that the UPS and FedEx cargo planes that were to carry the parcels over the Atlantic were the real targets of the plot.

"At this point," said Brennan, "we, I think, would agree with the British that it looks as though they were designed to be detonated in flight."

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But as her fellow students mounted a protest Sunday at a university, her lawyers questioned why anyone involved in the plot would use their real name and phone number to ship a bomb.

"If any of my colleagues have doubt that they can be friendly, I suppose this would send a strong signal that they can be friendly," Bond said.

White House officials told ABC News that the decision to identified the Saudis was "coordinated every step of the way with the Saudis, and that they were aware that they'd be named before we did it."

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\"We're dealing with an ever changing, ever-evolving threat,\" said Napolitano.

While the packages were addressed to two synagogues in Chicago, US officials now agree with an initial British estimate that the UPS and FedEx cargo planes that were to carry the parcels over the Atlantic were the real targets of the plot.

\"At this point,\" said Brennan, \"we, I think, would agree with the British that it looks as though they were designed to be detonated in flight.\"
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But as her fellow students mounted a protest Sunday at a university, her lawyers questioned why anyone involved in the plot would use their real name and phone number to ship a bomb.

\"If any of my colleagues have doubt that they can be friendly, I suppose this would send a strong signal that they can be friendly,\" Bond said.


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White House officials told ABC News that the decision to identified the Saudis was \"coordinated every step of the way with the Saudis, and that they were aware that they'd be named before we did it.\"

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